Updating truecrypt

22-Aug-2016 05:08

Earlier this week several Geek sites parroted an article at MYCE entitled Update for Windows 7 and 8.1 silently installs Windows 10 downloader (nice work there guys!

Warning: As of May 2014, development on True Crypt is discontinued and will no longer receive updates and fixes.

However, the Gibson Research Corporation argues True Crypt is still safe to use.

True Crypt 7.1a is the last real version, released in February, 2012 and used by millions of people since then.

Though development of True Crypt has ceased, an independent audit of True Crypt (published in March 2015) has concluded that no significant flaws are present.

True Crypt was initially released as version 1.0 in February 2004, based on E4M (Encryption for the Masses).

Downgrading to truecrypt 1:7.1a-2 works around the problem.

Furthermore, the problem appears to be fixed in 1:7.1a-4.

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That kind of timestamp comparison is actually the basis for incremental backups: backup only those things that have changed since the last backup.

We still don’t know exactly why True Crypt was shut down — perhaps the developers were being pressured by a government, or perhaps they were simply sick of maintaining it. Yes, True Crypt development was officially halted and its official downloads page was taken down.

The developers have made statements saying they’re not longer interested in the code, and that third-party developers can’t be trusted to maintain and patch it properly.

When mounted (which requires specifying the decryption passphrase) it might then also appear as drive "P:".

Within P: you would find all the files contained with that volume.

That kind of timestamp comparison is actually the basis for incremental backups: backup only those things that have changed since the last backup.We still don’t know exactly why True Crypt was shut down — perhaps the developers were being pressured by a government, or perhaps they were simply sick of maintaining it. Yes, True Crypt development was officially halted and its official downloads page was taken down.The developers have made statements saying they’re not longer interested in the code, and that third-party developers can’t be trusted to maintain and patch it properly.When mounted (which requires specifying the decryption passphrase) it might then also appear as drive "P:".Within P: you would find all the files contained with that volume.Create a volume with a strong passphrase, load up your secure data, dismount and you're good to go. One of the most common ways that backup software determines whether a file needs to be backed up is by looking it it's time stamp.